23 May 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

There are concerns that some people arriving the Island are unaware that taking photographs is presently prohibited in Jersey.


There are concerns that some people arriving the Island are unaware that taking photographs is presently prohibited in Jersey. To reinforce the message, therefore, the Lieutenant Governor, General Rochfort, has requested that all mail boats prominently display printed notices informing visitors of the wartime restrictions in place.

Under the Defence of the Realm regulations, the military authorities are able to place a ban on taking photographs in any area deemed militarily sensitive or which by printing may aid the enemy. Jersey as a whole is considered a ‘prohibited area’ which means that photographs cannot be taken at any location without written permission. It seems that certain visitors are not aware of this situation, however, hence the need to remind them before arriving in the Island.

Acting on the instructions of General Rochfort, the Attorney General has written to those companies operating the steamships providing services to and from Jersey. He has requested that they display notices setting out the Island’s photography restrictions so that no one can claim they were unaware. The response has been generally supportive from the shipping companies although one has asked that Jersey provide the appropriate printed notices.

Associated Record:

D/Z/H2/6 contain a letter on displaying photography restriction notices from the Lieutenant Governor’s office and response from the London and South Western Railway Company.